Wow what a difference a year makes. I look back over the last year since last Thanksgiving and I can only thank God for all he has done for me and my family. It was around this time last year that I had no idea how I was going to pay my bills. Things were not going well, things with our move had taken a turn for the worst. With my back against the wall I said a simple prayer, “Thank you God for helping me find the strength to make it through today and please help me find the strength to make it through tomorrow.”
That prayer started me down a new path, one that has made significant a difference in my life. How big of a difference? By Christmas I had a new job with a great company, Shelter Insurance, my wife started her own, successful, cleaning company and that elusive financial stability was within our reach. We had a great Christmas and were able to welcome my long lost son Max to the family.
In January, when I had to travel to Missouri for work, the man I was driving with, Darren, started speaking with me about God and his faith of being a Christian. I knew then that something was missing from my life and the more he spoke, the more I knew it was Jesus.
When I returned from my trip, I found a church in my area, and I started to go. I instantly knew I was home. I knew that I opened the door to my heart to Jesus and I let him in.
Over the next several months, I started bringing the kids, and they liked going to church, and after a few weeks later my wife decided to join us. Sunday’s and going to church has become an important part of our week. Our lives were changing.
We started saying grace at our meals together, we have begun speaking about God and Jesus, reading the Bible and we made a commitment to be baptized together. Together as a family, the Lord has strengthened us. He has brought people and opportunities into our life. And he has blessed us in more ways than I can count.
Now at the end of a fantastic Thanksgiving Day, I want to give thanks once again to my Heavenly Father, thank you, for all you have done for me, thank you for your grace, thank you for my family and thank you for your son, Jesus Christ.
I want to thank my wife Tary for everything. She stuck by my side, she puts up with me every day, and she put up me when things were tough. I want to thank my kids (Max, Brandon, Danny & EV) who have been a great inspiration for me. I want to thank my parents (all of them) for showing me how to be a man.
I am grateful for what have and for who I am. I now have the opportunity to give back, and for that I am thankful.